The 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS finally makes its public debut at the 2015 Geneva auto show, serving as the most track-focused model atop the broad 911 range.
Although it’s not a big surprise, considering product planning sheets leaked the information last week, Porsche has confirmed the 911 GT3 RS will feature a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine. This engine, paired with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission, produces 500 hp and 338 lb-ft of torque. In addition, Porsche says the model should hit 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, and should complete the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds. With a top speed of 193 mph, this 911 lapped the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife in just 7 minutes and 20 seconds, which is 5 seconds faster than the regular GT3.
Helping the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS achieve these stats is a body based on that of the 911 Turbo, which has a wider track in front and rear, as well as a shorter rear axle ratio, compared to the GT3. The model has an adjustable suspension, a “paddle neutral” feature for the transmission, and a standard Pit Speed button to temporarily limit the car’s velocity. Its Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are the widest offered on any 911 model. To decrease weight, the engine compartment lid and front hood are made of carbon fiber while the roof is constructed of magnesium. These changes contribute to a curb weight that’s 22 pounds lighter compared to the GT3.
Inside, standard features include full bucket seats with Alcantara trim, Alcantara steering wheel, and nylon straps for door pulls. To save even more weight, buyers can choose not to equip their cars with standard air conditioning and radio at no extra charge. Optional features include a lightweight lithium-ion battery, front axle lift system, ceramic brakes, and a Sport Chrono Package with Porsche Track Precision app that allows drivers to measure lap times, speed, acceleration, deceleration, and lateral g-forces. A Clubsport Package will be offered in Europe, but is not destined for U.S. shores; it bundles a roll cage, wiring preparation for a battery cut-off switch, a six-point racing harness and HANS brace connector for the driver, and a fire extinguisher.
The 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS arrives at U.S. dealers this July. The model is priced at $176,895 when factoring in a $995 destination fee.